Miami named a top city for urban gardening

by John Yellig

Miami has found its way to the upper echelons of yet another nationwide ranking of cities, this time landing in seventh place in LawnStarter’s 200-city survey of the best U.S. metros for urban gardening. 

Urban gardening turns underused areas like vacant lots into community gardens that allow neighbors to grow and share food. These productive green spaces bring many benefits, including reducing waste and providing fresh produce to food deserts. 

LawnStarter’s ranking was based on four metrics that are most relevant to urban gardening: access to community gardens, access to gardening supplies, climate and support, which includes local gardening clubs and “right-to-garden” laws. 

Miami was noted for having the most nurseries and garden-supply stores per square mile of any city in the study. 

The top 10 cities are: 

  1. New York
  2. Atlanta
  3. San Francisco
  4. Portland, Oregon
  5. Tampa, Florida 
  6. Seattle 
  7. Miami 
  8. Austin, Texas 
  9. Pasadena, California 
  10. Orlando, Florida 

The full list of 200 cities can be found here. 

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